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1971 Greatest Year for Music?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by TCA117, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. suthol

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    3 Dog Night "Joy To The World"

    We were backing a lady singer who was starting her set with it and at the first rehearsal our guitarist sang Jerrabulla was a mire frog, cracked us all up, rivers of tears of laughter.

    As we are all aware that opening line is hit pretty hard vocally and come Showtime the inevitable happened, absolutely destroyed us and the audience.

    Being the pro she was she didn't blink and fired on through her set.

    Lots of laughs in the dressing room later, lovely lady I wonder what became of her
     
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    A case certainly can be made for 1971 being the greatest year in rock. I wonder though how much this is influenced by our own coming of age . I was 15 at the time. Girls ,cars, music ,my whole world was rocked .
     
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    the greatest year for music was clearly in the early 80s.
    you had the following genres going:
    synth pop
    new wave
    us hardcore
    dbeat
    peace punk
    uk82
    goth
    death rock
    two tone
    both bay area and german thrash
    first wave black metal
    cold wave
    no wave

    and that's just off the top of my head.
     
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    1971 was a really good year for the music..... I WAS BORN!!!!!!

    Since then, everything has been worst :lol:
     
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    I was 10 in 1973 and just started to become aware of pop music. My older sister had Queen, Elton John, Wings and the Bay City Rollers.

    Looking back, I can see a stylistic shift between 1971 and 1973. To me, music from the mid-70s seems a bit conservative, compared to the music of a few years earlier. Maybe just the hangover from the 60s. Plenty of great music came out, it just wasn't strictly defined as a genre. If you look at the list from 1973, it's very diverse.

    By the middle of the decade, Disco and Punk came along and county music was popular around the Bi-Centenial.
     
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    There are a lot of gems in there, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Joan Baez, but really I don't think it was as good as 66-69, not necessarily the hits but many great albums from the earlier period.

    Although the Flower Travellin' Band's Satori album came out in 71.
     
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    I wouldn't argue with that at all. The 60's was a time for music that doesn't come around often. Not that there wasn't carp produced then and good music produced today, but that was a special time.
     
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    There’s no way it’s ‘71, the Ramones weren’t a thing yet.
     
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    yeah, but there were countless kids banging loudly in garages for years before 1971 that were just as good as the Ramones...imho.
    Ommv...but I never grokked that...
     
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    I won't argue - I was a senior in high school in '71.

    As far as good music today - they finally started making good music again recently, IMHO.

    - The Avett Brothers
    - Mumford and Sons
    - Old Crow Medicine Show
    - Guy Davis
    - The Devil Makes Three
    - The Wood Brothers
    - Chris Smither
    - Chris Stapleton
    - Dan Reeder
    - Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

    and the list goes on.
     
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    Next best thing, the Bay City Rollers released their first 7" in 71.
     
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    Sure!

    Most of these band more or less throw backs that simply excel in a certain genre. Nothing wrong with that but it represents that corner of music that's always good! There's always been this faction. Bluegrass was thriving in 1971!

    While I'd not argue for 1971 being a zenith for classic rock there's a lot of genres missing entirely.

    Outlaw country was just barely getting going. Willie's Yesterday's Wine was 1971 as was Waylon's The Taker/Tulsa and Cedar Town but the best was yet to come.

    Bob Marley was still a local Jamaica phenom and not quite exploded on the world..

    Had to wait a few more years for the likes of Tony Rice, Norman Blake, Sam Bush...the second wave of bluegrass/newgrass.

    Looking back I skipped over 1978 through 20?? "rock" and delved into Reggae and then bluegrass old timey music. I don't think I bought/rebought many rock albums until well into 2000's... My collection still has a gaping hole from 1978 to late 1990's

    But that's just me...
     
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    counterpoint:
     
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    and this is in 1975
     
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    You make my point for me. Your advocacy for that music is clearly based on sentimentality, in some part, and you note that music now springs from tribes with their own ears and tastes. You think the music of that time was so new and fresh, while all critics didn't see it that way at the time, nor did listeners. Nothing in music at that time united all who heard it. Nothing. The Pete Segar crowd who booed Dylan had no idea what to do with Zep, even though it mixed Delta blues with Celtic folk. And nobody thought much of Reggae music by itself. It needed to have pop elements to it and a subtext of political dissent before it started to be embraced by some.

    Do I think there's something out there now that rivals music back then? Yes. No. Maybe. We'll find out in 30-40 years. The people who make those arguments are little kids right now. There was lots of unique and new music in the 80s that is still influencing other music. Same for the 90s. I think in any given year you will find something in the stacks that is timeless.
     
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    You got it. ;)
     
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    uriah heep...
     
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